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John Scott

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  • All This I Will Give to You

  • By: Dolores Redondo, Michael Meigs - translator
  • Narrated by: Timothy Andrés Pabon
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258

When novelist Manuel Ortigosa learns that his husband, Álvaro, has been killed in a car crash, it comes as a devastating shock. It won’t be the last. He’s now arrived in Galicia. It’s where Álvaro died. It’s where the case has already been quickly closed as a tragic accident. It’s also where Álvaro hid his secrets. The man to whom Manuel was married for fifteen years was not the unassuming man he knew.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enrapturing

  • By John Scott on 02-22-19

Enrapturing

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-19

Translated from Spanish, there were numerous awkward sentences, but certainly not enough to hinder the flow or pace of the book. The biggest problem I had was keeping the names straight. The performer was so fluid with the names (people, locations, businesses) my desiccated ears had trouble distinguishing them. The story, however, was marvelous and kept me enthralled to the last word. The dialogue was very believable and, thanks to the performer, easy to follow. The twists and red herrings in the plot were extremely credible as we were easily able to follow the thought process and the perspectives of each of the major characters as they struggled (with us) to make cogent sense of the situations. There were no secrets or withheld information which the major characters possessed. We knew everything they did (and sometimes more) so our attempts to solve the increasingly convoluted puzzle was happening in real time. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and believe fans of serious “detective” stories will love it.

72 of 73 people found this review helpful

  • A Keeper

  • By: Graham Norton
  • Narrated by: Graham Norton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

The mystery of Elizabeth Keane's father is one that has never been solved by the people of Buncarragh - not for lack of speculation. Her mother, Patricia, had been assumed a spinster until she began dating a mysterious man from out of town and within months had left Buncarragh and had married. Less than two years later, Patricia was back, with a new baby in her arms but no new husband by her side and unbendingly silent about her recent past. A secret she would take with her to her grave.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Man of surprises

  • By Robin on 11-05-18

Absolutely “smashing”

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-19-18

Another splendid yarn by a genius with words, storytelling and performing. I almost wish Norton had begun his book-writing career earlier in his life so I could have a shelf of his works to keep me entertained. This one, as the title suggests, is “a keeper.” With a delightful ‘then” and “now” format, he tells us a story of a woman trying to put some affairs in order as she learns, through a series of startling discoveries, that nothing is as it seems. It’s a mystery that is unveiled in the same steps it is solved. I couldn’t seem to put it down when I suddenly realized that it was closer to being finished than I was. I will enjoy it many more times. What a treasure Graham Norton is!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Timeline

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,068

Modern science meets feudal France...dinosaurs still walk the Earth...a secret world of killer gorillas...only in a Michael Crichton thriller! Check out our full selection in our Crichton store!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator

  • By Charles Stembridge on 06-26-07

Delightful, fanciful page-turner

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-18

This is another Crichton delight. Part ripping-yarn, part sci-fi, all-engrossing thought-provoker. (Let’s see - how many hyphens did I get in that all-too-hyphenated sentence?) My biggest reservation is the off-hand (there’s another one) dismissal of the “butterfly effect” on imagined time travel. Even Homer Simpson embraced that problem when he caused it to rain donuts! Suspension of reality aside (thank you, Steven Jobs) the book is marvelous.

  • Jungle of Stone

  • The True Story of Two Men, Their Extraordinary Journey, and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya
  • By: William Carlsen
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264

In 1839 rumors of extraordinary yet baffling stone ruins buried within the unmapped jungles of Central America reached two of the world's most intrepid travelers. Seized by the reports, American diplomat John Lloyd Stephens and British artist Frederick Catherwood sailed together out of New York Harbor on an expedition into the forbidding rainforests of present-day Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. What they found would rewrite the West's understanding of human history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unsung Explorers at the Heart of History

  • By thomas on 01-10-17

Incredible, heavily detailed, fascinating story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-22-18

The enthralling, occasionally pedantic tale of two men who tenaciously fought the vicious jungles of Central America to uncover the Mayan civilization. They changed the perceptions of the world about the legendary culture of artists, engineers, builders, astronomers and governors who developed enormous, interconnected cities which disappeared beneath voracious foliage for a thousand years. Not unlike the ancient civilization, the story sometimes feels like it is about to disappear beneath insidious layers of detail, but that detail speaks to the credibility of the research involved in assembling the book. It offers a novel appreciation of what these driven explorers went through.

  • North on Drummond

  • By: KC Burn
  • Narrated by: Darcy Stark
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Drew Drummond might call himself a psychic tarot reader, but he doesn’t believe in the supernatural. The business was left to him by his grandmother, and seemed the best way to rise above the chronic criminal behavior of the Drummond family. Being gay only makes finding love more difficult. When Cliff Garcia, Drew’s crush from his teenage years, moves back to town and joins the police force, Drew doesn’t think he has a chance. After all, the skeptical cop considers Drew’s profession on par with professional con men.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Waiting for the next one

  • By Holly on 06-02-18

Grown Hardy Boys meet Gay Harlequin Romance

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-18

The telling is pretty simplistic but the characters feel genuine and the story is delightful. It’s an easy read and an extremely entertaining page-turner. The narration is excellent, with clear distinctions between characters and flowing, realistic dialogue. Like an aperitif if you have been feasting on a heavy literary diet, it is fun, surprising and laced with titillating scenes. Kudos to KC Burn and Darcy Stark. They make a grand team.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Siddhartha

  • By: Hermann Hesse, Joachim Neugroschel - translator
  • Narrated by: Firdous Bamji
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,330

Siddhartha is Nobel Prize-winning author Hermann Hesse's most famous and influential work, a novel of self-exploration that will linger in your mind and spirit for a lifetime. A young man, blessed with loving parents and a safe home in a world where want and neglect abound, leaves this haven in search of himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Interesting to Listen

  • By Ramanujam on 07-23-08

Memory is sometimes better than reality

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-18

I first read Siddhartha in high school, more than 50 years ago. The story has continued to haunt me and influence my life. I got another translation recently and was disappointed. The music that spoke to me all those years ago was strangely absent. I tried another translation, with only marginal improvements. The book has had so much meaning for me that I was determined to find a translation that would fulfill my recollections. I speak German fairly well (I lived there for two years, working as a missionary in the 1970s) so I bravely decided to have a go in the original language. I was woefully short of the task.
When this translation came out, I decided to give it one more try. Without a doubt, this is the best translation I have found and I decided to go through it slowly, allowing the words to gel before moving on deeper into it.
FINALLY, I heard the river again, but, to be candid, it failed to reawaken my exhilaration from my high school days. I suspect that my “rememberation” from long ago built the book up beyond its reality. I certainly don’t regret having gone through all the exploration - it is still a mystic tale with which it pleases me to become reacquainted. If you’ve never read it, by all means, do so now, with this translation. If you’ve read it and have warm memories, I suggest you keep those memories intact and think of Hesse’s message while sitting by a fire or a singing river, without risking any disappointment which age and cynicism often bring as baggage.

  • Holding

  • A Novel
  • By: Graham Norton
  • Narrated by: Graham Norton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,507
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,500

The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama, but when human remains are discovered on an old farm, suspected to be those of Tommy Burke - a former lover of two different inhabitants - the village's dark past begins to unravel. As the frustrated sergeant PJ Collins struggles to solve a genuine case for the first time in his life, he unearths a community's worth of anger and resentments, secrets and regret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendidly delightful

  • By John Scott on 12-03-17

Splendidly delightful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-17

I expected a fun, Irish small-town story from Norton, but was delighted by a marvelous mystery, as well. Embellished with unexpected twists and turns, the Marple-esque plot never slowed or misled with red herrings. Norton’s performance as reader increased my appreciation for his breadth and talent. This is a winner!

23 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • David Copperfield [Audible]

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 36 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,461
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,285

Between his work on the 2014 Audible Audiobook of the Year, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel, and his performance of Classic Love Poems, narrator Richard Armitage ( The Hobbit, Hannibal) has quickly become a listener favorite. Now, in this defining performance of Charles Dickens' classic David Copperfield, Armitage lends his unique voice and interpretation, truly inhabiting each character and bringing real energy to the life of one of Dickens' most famous characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A PERFECT narration of an English classic!

  • By Wayne on 09-03-17

Staggering

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-21-17

A ponderous classic made alive and entrancing by the talents and insight of Armitage. Do not fear the size of this tome. By its conclusion you will wish there was more. Fortunately, for the literary world, Dickens penned many more brilliant novels to enthrall generations of readers.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 210,469
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 196,506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196,094

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

What a trip!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-17

Born in 1950 and immersed in computers and video games in the 1970s, for me, this book awoke memories long-forgotten and great times long-remembered. Every reference was delightful and every adventure was intimate. I noticed very few anachronisms. In an encyclopedia of historical references, a few minor dents are hardly worth mentioning. This marvelously compelling story is truly a trip to remember.

  • The Ghost Stories of Charles Dickens, Vol. 3

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Phil Reynolds
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Fascinated by the supernatural, Charles Dickens had a passion for the macabre and the afterlife that spawned a fascinating collection of short ghost stories. Dickens' unique blend of fantastic credibility and paranormal absurdity made his form of ghost story an instant success - one that keeps on chilling our spines nearly 200 years later.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Odd and Strange but i got sucked in

  • By Alan K. on 01-09-19

Not my cup of tea

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-29-17

Disjointed, odd and strange. Tastes like Dickens, but without the character stock. Perhaps it's a bit of undigested beef on Dickens' stomach.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful